Martin Scorsese (born 17.11.1942) Martin Scorsese is an Oscar winning, American film director.
Childhood: Martin Scorsese was born and raised in New York City. His parents, Luciano and Catherine, both worked in New York City's Garment District. Luciano often took his son to movie theatres and Martin developed an early passion for film and overtook his initial desire to become a priest.
Film Career: Scorsese avoided having to serve in the Vietnam War, due to his asthma. Instead, he attended New York University's film school, where he made his first feature length film, Who's That Knocking at My Door, along with Harvey Keitel, a fellow student at the time.
Scorsese became good friends with a number of prominent film directors of the 1970s, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Brian De Palma. Scorsese worked as one of the editors on Woodstock, where he met the actor John Cassavetes, who also became a close friend of his.
Martin Scorsese released Boxcar Bertha in 1972, a film that taught him to make a film quickly and on a tight budget.
Mean Streets was Scorsese's breakthrough film and also served as a breakthrough for two of its actors, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. The film featured what would become the hallmarks of a great Scorsese picture: violence, Catholic guilt, machismo and a gritty New York setting.
In 1974, Scorsese directed Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, at the request of the lead actress Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn went on to win an Oscar for the role.
In 1976, Scorsese released Taxi Driver. The film, which again starred Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, also featured Jodie Foster playing an underage prostitute, with Harvey Keitel as her pimp.
Martin Scorsese's first big-budget picture was the stylised musical, New York, New York. The film, which starred Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, was a failure at the box office.
In the midst of a spiraling depression and addiction to cocaine, Scorsese made the seminal documentary The Last Waltz, capturing the final concert by The Band, a performance that featured the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Neil Diamond and Joni Mitchell.
De Niro finally convinced Martin Scorsese to kick his cocaine habit and return to filmmaking. The result was Raging Bull, the biopic depicting the life of the boxer Jake La Motta.
In 1983, De Niro and Scorsese teamed up again, for The King of Comedy. The film was something of a departure in style for Scorsese and took a satirical view of the world of celebrity and the media.
Scorsese began work on The Last Temptation of Christ in 1983 but pressure from religious groups shut down the production.
After Hours, released in 1985, was a low-budget black comedy about a New York word processor's unfortunate night out and has become something of a cult classic since its release.
In 1986, Scorsese made The Color of Money, a sequel to The Hustler (1961). Paul Newman won an Oscar for his work in the film.
The success of The Color of Money gave Scorsese the financial clout to be able to continue working on The Last Temptation of Christ. The film was the cause of much controversy, even before its release, though it still earned Scorsese a Best Director Oscar nomination.
The 1990 release of Goodfellas was a return to form for Scorsese, as well as its stars, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci (who won an Oscar for his performance). Goodfellas is largely hailed as one of Scorsese's greatest achievements.
In 1991, Scorsese remade Cape Fear, his seventh collaboration with Robert de Niro. Two years later, he directed The Age of Innocence, an adaptation of an Edith Wharton novel. Then, in 1995, Scorsese worked on Casino, again featuring both De Niro and Pesci. The film also featured Sharon Stone, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
Scorsese's 1997 work, Kundun alienated many of his fans. The account of the life of the 14th Dalai Lama was a huge departure from Scorsese's usual subject matter and its distributor, Disney, distanced itself from the project, due to their desire to expand into the Chinese market.
1999's Bringing Out the Dead was another dark comedy, but did not perform as well as some of the director's previous releases.
Gangs of New York, released in 2002, had a huge budget of over $100 million. Starring Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film took a number of years to complete but eventually won Scorsese his first Golden Globe for Best Director, as well as receiving 10 Oscar nominations.
Leonardo DiCaprio took the lead role in The Aviator, the true story of Howard Hughes. The film, which also starred Cate Blanchett, won five Oscars, though Scorsese lost the Best Director award to Clint Eastwood. Scorsese followed this with No Direction Home, a documentary about Bob Dylan.
With The Departed, Martin Scorsese returned to familiar ground by casting Leonardo DiCaprio and also worked with Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon for the first time. The film also starred Mark Wahlberg. Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas presented Scorsese with his first Best Director Oscar for the film.
In 2006, Martin Scorsese filmed a concert by The Rolling Stones. The footage was made into the highly regarded film Shine a Light.
Personal Life: Martin Scorsese's first marriage was to Laraine Brennan, with whom he had a daughter, Cathy.
His second daughter, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, who is now an actress, is a product of his second marriage, to Julia Cameron.
Between 1979 and 1983, Martin Scorsese was married to Isabella Rossellini.
In 1985, Scorsese married Barbara De Fina but that marriage also ended in divorce.
Martin has been married to Helen Morris since 1999. Their daughter, Francesca, appeared in both The Departed and The Aviator.
The actor had been photographed looking extremely gaunt in recent months.
After months of speculation, Liam Neeson has finally revealed the reason behind his dramatic weight-loss and it was all due to Martin Scorsese. The actor stars in Scorsese’s new drama Silence, in which the director required him ‘to look a bit more gaunt’, causing Neeson to shed 20 pounds.
Liam Neeson lost 20 pounds for his upcoming role in Silence.
Speaking at the Los Cabos Film Festival in Mexico on Sunday Neeson revealed that he and co-star Adam Driver were asked to drop weight by the Oscar winning director. "Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, [which costars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield] did as well,” Neeson said (as reported by Collider).
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The upcoming show stars Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale.
Finally, the premiere date for forthcoming HBO drama 'Vinyl' has been announced, with a feature length pilot episode to kick it all off. Exploring music in the 1970s, the series has been produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger.
Bobby Cannavale stars as Richie Finestra in 'Vinyl'
Created by the Oscar nominated Terence Winter, best known for his work on such shows as 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'The Sopranos' as well as movies like 'The Wolf Of Wall Street', the show has been in production since 2011 but after much waiting, we'll see the finished result for the first time in 2016. 'Vinyl' follows the story of a fictional New York record label called American Century Records and its founder Richie Finestra, tracing music through the decades from punk, through disco, to rock 'n' roll.
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The dream team of De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Scorsese will team again for the biopic of mobster Frank Sheeran.
Robert De Niro has confirmed he’ll be reuniting with Martin Scorsese for mob film, I Heard You Paint Houses, which they plan to begin shooting next year. The duo first worked together on 1973 crime thriller Mean Streets and have since collaborated on classic such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Robert De Niro says he will reunite with martin Scorsese for I Heard You Paint Houses.
Speaking to Digital Spy, while promoting his latest move, The Intern, De Niro said, "We are doing it... We should be doing it sometime next year. We’re slowly, slowly getting it in place.”
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield's 'break' may be over as the couple were spotted enjoying lunch together and looking cosy earlier this week.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield may be back together - properly! The news that the two were "on a break" (cue Friends impressions) left fans of the couple devastated when it was confirmed by multiple sources back in April. Their 'break' reportedly stemmed from the physical distance between them because of their different filming schedules. However, it seems their split was short lived as Garfield and Stone were spotted together in California this week.
Emma Stone was spotted with Andrew Garfield this week.
The GoodFellas reunite at Tribeca's closing night, while Carey Mulligan and Jack Black lead the red carpet charge in New York and Los Angeles. There's one last insane trailer for Mad Max, plus the first glimpses at Tom Hardy as the Krays, Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger and Nicole Kidman in small-town Australia...
The Tribeca Film Festival in New York wrapped up at the weekend with a 25th anniversary screening of Martin Scorsese's 'GoodFellas', which featured a reunion of the film's actors including Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, Debbie Mazar, Lorraine Bracco, Kevin Corrigan and Mike Starr. Take a look at pictures from the closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival here.
Paul Sorvino, Debi Mazar, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco and Kevin Corrigan
Also in New York, the US premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' brought out stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple and director Thomas Vinterberg, plus other celebrities including Kathleen Turner and Sarah Silverman. The film opens this weekend in both the UK and US. Check out pictures from the premiere of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' here.
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Stars of the classic movie helped close out the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Tribeca Film Festival ended on Saturday, with a special celebration honouring the 25th anniversary of classic movie, Goodfellas. Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi came together in front of the New York crowd, sharing stories about their time on set as well as revealing a few surprising secrets.
The Goodfellas cast reunited at Tribeca.
Secrets that were dished included Liotta telling the audience that Joe Pesci’s famous ‘Do I Amuse You’ scene was pretty much entirely improvised. “Joe was just telling a story in rehearsal about something that happened to him in Queens,” said the actor. “Some guy, who happened to be a connected guy, said, ‘You think that's funny?’”
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Martin Scorsese's shooting schedule will be unaffected, despite the sad death of a construction worker on his movie 'Silence'.
Martin Scorsese has been left "shocked and saddened" after a man died on the set of his new movie Silence. A contractor was killed and two further individuals injured when a ceiling collapsed during pre-production at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center.
Martin Scorsese's movie began shooting in Taiwan on Friday
Independent contractors had been hired to "make safe" a building that had been deemed unstable. It was during the work that the accident occurred.
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A documentary about Bill Clinton, directed by Martin Scorsese, has reportedly been shelved following disagreements between Clinton and Scorsese.
A HBO documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, about former US President Bill Clinton has stalled. Sources close to the project claim there have been disagreements between Scorsese and Clinton over control of content.
Bill Clinton photographed in 2013 at a campaign event for President Obama.
Martin Scorsese will no longer direct the planned Bill Clinton documentary for HBO.
Martin Scorsese has scrapped his half-finished Bill Clinton documentary over disagreements about control, people brief on the project told the New York Times. The movie was intended to be released to coincide with Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run.
Martin Scorsese has no plans to finish Bill Clinton documentary after an apparent disagreement
Parts of the movie were shot over the last two years, notably when Mr Clinton made a philanthropic visit to Africa, however, it has now been shelved indefinitely because the former President insisted on more control over the interview questions and the final version. It was more than Mr Scorsese was prepared to give and the project hit a wall.
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Martin Scorsese will direct the first episode of the HBO drama, whilst serving as executive producer.
Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter are teaming up with Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger for a new untitled rock and roll series for HBO. The drama series will feature a cast including Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.
Martin Scorsese will direct the pilot episode of the Rock and Roll series for HBO, whilst acting as executive producer
The press release reads: "Set in 1970's New York, the series will explore the drug and sex fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive (Cannavale) trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound."
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Fans of film journalism will love this documentary about the noted Chicago critic Roger Ebert, although the movie is just as much about his battle with the cancer that took his life in 2013. It's a lively, fast-paced doc, but even at two hours it feels oddly truncated as the two topics seem to fight for screen time. Fortunately both are potent: the story of Roger's love of cinema and the footage of his astoundingly cheerful refusal to let illness get him down.
Based around Roger's eponymous autobiography, the film quickly traces his background as a film lover who rose through the ranks at the Chicago Sun-Times to become an unusually resonant film reviewer, able to express opinions and even high-minded cinematic observations in ways that were never cynical or snobbish. He found national (and even global) fame through his TV programmes opposite rival Chicago critic Gene Siskel, which began in 1978 and standardised their "thumbs up"/"thumbs down" verdicts. At age 50, Roger met his wife Chaz at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and her children and grandchildren became his. In 2002, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent a series of surgeries that by 2006 made it impossible for him to speak. But he carried on writing reviews and making public appearances (speaking through his computer) until his death.
Filmmaker Steve James had startling access to Roger during the final year of his life, following him to hospitals and rehabilitation centres. Looking at his cancer-ravaged face is difficult at first, but Roger's smiling eyes and constant joking reinforces his optimistic, matter-of-fact approach to life. And he keeps reminding James that this documentary has to show everything, never flinching away from the truth. As a result, the film is a remarkably intimate look at how Roger and Chaz faced the illness and made difficult decisions along the way. This adds an emotional layer to the documentary that's remarkably moving, putting Roger's work into the context of his life and death.
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The famed director will produce a documentary about the iconic band to coincide with the 50th anniversary of their founding days.
Since the release of 'The Wolf of Wall Street' last year, director Martin Scorsese has kept a low profile but it seems he will be shortly back to work on a documentary about the iconic rock band The Grateful Dead.
Scorsese will produce a career-spanning documentary about the rock band
The legendary filmmaker is taking on the role of executive producer for a documentary in honour of the American group's 50th anniversary of their founding year, Deadline reports.
Martin Scorsese will produce the Grateful Dead documentary to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
Martin Scorsese is working on a career-spanning retrospective documentary of the Grateful Dead. Scorsese is producing the film in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, with Amir Bar-Lev directing.
"Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it," said surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in a joint statement.
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Scarlett Johansson will be starring and producing in a television adaptation of Edith Wharton's 'The Custom of Country'. It will be Johansson's first major television role.
Scarlett Johansson is making the jump from the big screen screen to the small when she stars in an adaptation of novelist Edith Wharton's The Custom of Country.
Scarlett Johansson will star in The Custom Of Country.
Steve Martin has been awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award which he will receive in a special ceremony in June 2015.
Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).
Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.
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